The Supreme Court has quashed the Haryana government’s decision to seek external development charges from Ansal Properties and Industries Limited as cost for developing community sites in the NCR, bringing relief to Gurgaon residents as well as builders developing private colonies.
A bench headed by Justice RV Raveendran held that the demand raised by state authorities was unjustified and beyond their authority. “The state government was not authorised in raising the demand of Rs 61,000 per acre,” it said.
It further directed the government to adjust the charges, already paid by Ansals, towards dues of the developer in accordance with the law.
“Whatever payment is made in respect of the aforesaid demand was not payable by the appellant to the director, Town and Country Planning as the said demand is held to be illegal, unjustified and unreasonable,” the court said, adding the state cannot demand land and facilities free of cost.